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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:22 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 2:59 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Applause was the sound of the day at the Michael J. Colligan Lodge at Veterans Park in Hamilton on Friday.
There, veterans and politicians observed Veterans Day, which is today, and honored Butler County’s Veteran of the Year.
Ron Dzikowski, commander of the VFW Post 7696 in West Chester Twp., was bestowed the honor of Veteran of Year for his contributions to the post, including tripling the number of active members and leading the restoration of the home where the group meets
Dzikowski said a few years ago only maybe 10 people would attend meetings and now 30 are routinely involved in the activities at the Post, which is unusual these days.
“It’s a great honor,” he said about the designation. “I didn’t do this for the accolades I did it because of my concern about my fellow veterans. And I’m going to still continue doing it.”
State Rep. George Lang, a former West Chester Twp. trustee, was the keynote speaker for the event that celebrated all veterans.
“In my opinion all veterans are heroes. I know many of you who have served and come back, you say you’re not the hero, the heroes are those who did not return, those are the true heroes” Lang said. “You may be right, but my definition of a hero is this: anybody that put their life on the line for the benefit or the safety of another or anybody who is willing to put their life on the line for the benefit of another … are heroes.”
Lang told the group he is not a hero and doesn’t know if he could step up, but went on to say everyone needs to teach young people that sports icons and entertainers are not heroes. That the service men and women and veterans gathered in the lodge were.
“They should be known that the true heroes are not the sports heroes but they are the men and women who served our community,” Lang said. “Our heroes today are not Colin Kaepernick but they are people like Warren Davidson who fought for our country.”
Congressman Davidson was also on hand for the ceremony and took the opportunity to scold his colleagues in Washington for the lack of a national security plan, for breaking promises they made to veterans and for not providing adequate funding. He said even with those problems young people are still signing up to serve, which is a “humbling” thing.
He described service in the military like this:
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:07 AM
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 10:11 PM
PERRIS, Calif. — A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.
In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.
Early Sunday, a 17-year-old called 911 and said she had escaped from her residence in Perris, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The teenager claimed that her 12 brothers and sisters were “being held captive” in the residence by her parents.
When deputies met with the teen, she “appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated.” Deputies went to the residence and said they were “shocked” to find the teen’s 12 siblings, seven of whom were adults ranging in age from 18 to 29. All of them appeared to be “malnourished and very dirty,” according to the release.
The parents were subsequently arrested, deputies said.
The six children, including the teen who escaped, were taken to a hospital in Moreno Valley for treatment, deputies said. The adults were being treated at a hospital in Corona.
UPDATE: Booking Photos Torture/Child Endangerment Investigation in Perris pic.twitter.com/4IdK7vPB2n— Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) January 15, 2018
David Turpin’s parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were surprised and shocked at the allegations, KABC reported.
According to the California Department of Education website, David Turpin is listed as principal of the Sandcastle Day School, which was operated out of his home. The address listed for the school is the same residence where the 13 victims were discovered, CNN reported.
The school opened March 21, 2011, according to the website, and was categorized as a private school for students in grades one through 12.
Torture/Child Endangerment Investigation in Perris https://t.co/LIm8s3OHbk— Riverside County Sheriff's Dept (@RSO) January 15, 2018
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:03 AM
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Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 11:34 PM
BOSTON — Passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight leaving Boston’s Logan International Airport were forced to disembark Monday after the plane collided with a de-icer and damaged its wing, officials said.
Flight 133 was carrying 166 passengers and crew as it prepared for takeoff to Portland, Oregon, officials said.
Passengers said they felt the plane hit something just before taking off.
“As we are taxiing out to the runway we felt a jostle and we all kind of knew that it wasn't normal,” said Samuel Zavaletta, a passenger.
“(It was) kind of like a shudder, the plane shuddered a little bit, really didn't slow down much, just felt like we hit a pothole,” said another passenger, Rick Aiken.
According to the airline, the left wing of the plane hit a parked de-icing truck on the runway, so the plane turned back to the gate and the flight was canceled.
"You could see the bottom part of the plane wing had actually come off, totally disconnected from it," said passenger John Simers.
The airline released a statement and noted that the passengers were “being re-accommodated on other flights to the West Coast.”